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Make a Personalized Pet Tag

Feb 21, 2019

by Valerie Rains

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Chasing your tail looking for the perfect pet tag for your favorite four-legged companion? Make your own! It’s easy to do with a metal stamping kit—and you’ll pick up a new craft with endless personalized gift–making possibilities in the process. (Consider your pooch-obsessed pals’ and feline fanatics’ next birthdays officially covered.)

At a glance

Time: 1 hour or less

Difficulty: Intermediate

You will need

Step 1: Punch a hole in your tag

Punch a hole at the top of tag. This will allow you to attach it to a keyring or directly to your pet’s collar. (Skip this step if your brass tag already has a hole.)

Step 2: Shine your charm blank

Use a polishing cloth to make your charm nice and shiny. The reflection will help you line up the letters when you start stamping.

Step 3: Set up your stamping station

Arrange the steel block on top of the sandbag. Next, center your charm on the steel block. Secure with washi tape.

Step 4: Check your spacing

Decide what phrase you’ll stamp on the tag. Line up the necessary metal stamps to make sure the spacing of the name or word will fit before you begin.

Step 5: Start stamping

Now you’re ready to stamp. For best results, start with the middle letters and work your way out in each direction. To get a clearly stamped letter, hold the metal stamp upright above the tag and use your dominant hand to hit the stamp confidently with a hammer.

Step 6: Apply gilding paste

To make the stamped letters pop off the brass tag, rub a small amount of black gilding paste onto the freshly stamped letters using a soft cloth or paper towel. Wipe away excess.

Step 7: Attach to collar

Finish by sliding the charm onto a keyring or jump ring and connect it to the collar.

Project by Julie O’BoyleAleksa Brown, and Clare McGibbon; photographs courtesy of Erik Valind

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31 comments

  • axpdv2co

    Ekaterina from BeautifulDayPrint said 309 days ago

    Very interesting! I have long wanted to know how to make such coinage!

  • 4r0cugue

    Yulia from FloralAtelier said 57 days ago

    Thank you very much for sharing an interesting process!

  • jjmonc1x

    Marina from Marinitka said 56 days ago

    Only thing left to do Is just have a pet)))

  • uf4gksac

    Arina from NoyaRin said 56 days ago

    Wow! Now I am thinking about buying the same tag for my frenchie. Thank you for sharing!

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    Evgeniya Milyavy from MilyavyCreations said 56 days ago

    very interesting idea. Thank you for this master class

  • nadyahrypich15

    Nadiia Grypich from eNGiJewelry said 56 days ago

    So cute idea!

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    Anastasiia Farforuk from Farforuk said 56 days ago

    It is always interesting to observe the process. Thanks

  • gilliannorthcott

    Gillian Northcott from esanivintage said 56 days ago

    Thank you I enjoyed seeing the process. Lovely simple design.

  • PokutniaAnna

    Anna from FairyToysWorld said 56 days ago

    It isn't easy but very interesting idea.

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 56 days ago

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • annamorzhina

    Anna Morzhina from HeirloomToy said 56 days ago

    Thanks for the idea, just yesterday I thought about how beautifully to personalize my toys. Today you answered my question about this. How beautiful and cute!

  • tlshlouk

    Olga from VereskBridal said 56 days ago

    It is interesting to see how to create accessories for animals)

  • bvysgqdo

    bluewine studio from bluewinestudio said 56 days ago

    love it! This is such a cute idea for pet lovers! I will definitely try to make this tag for friend's gift :) Thank you for sharing

  • rrdq8lkh

    Eugenia from JennyCANDLES said 55 days ago

    I really like the name pendants on animals. It decorates them so. Thanks for your work. I will think about buying such a pendant.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 55 days ago

    Looks cute when finished ! Tho mine might look like this 😕

  • wcjgwqly

    Luybi Arctium from ArctiumStudio said 55 days ago

    It looks very simple and at the same time very stylish! Thanks for sharing.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 55 days ago

    Sam looks happy ~!~ Thanks for sharing such a cool and trendy artform ~

  • ligarudzate

    Liga Rudzate from GoldenLeafPaperie said 54 days ago

    I need this one for my husband, please :D

  • SallysVintageKitchen

    Sally from SallysVintageKitchen said 54 days ago

    Wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing!

  • MashaCreate

    Mari from MariUkraine said 53 days ago

    So nice)

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 52 days ago

    Great idea, and the dog is so lovely:)

  • gyrku9ec

    Sergey from sdwshop said 52 days ago

    Good idea, interesting process

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    Dan Neto from Materniteees said 50 days ago

    My Frenchie Frankie would love this!

  • ysib9ldx

    Kelly from CedarMillStudio said 48 days ago

    Thank you for sharing! Cute puppy!

  • glexc5ez

    CK Pets from CKPets said 43 days ago

    Cute pup!

  • theCopperPoppy

    Alyssa from theCopperPoppy said 42 days ago

    OK, so I've spent nearly 10 years and quit a corporate career to make custom stamped tags (among other pieces)... right here on Etsy. This is my livelihood, and I'm pretty bummed that my career has been minimized to 7 "quick and easy" steps. Guys. If you want a pet tag-- handmade by an Artisan -- with years and years of skilled work across different metals, with different fonts, knowledgeable about how to oxidize and properly finish a pet tag (Tumblers! Liver of Sulphur! Sanding, brushing and finishing techniques!) -- I urge you: Support Etsy makers. Like Me! Don't spend $100 on sub-par supplies to be marginally happy with the result. I stand behind my products, have 33K+ sales, have been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Urban Outfitters Stores. I'm proud of my work and don't believe for a second it can be reduce to an "under an hour" DIY. Thanks <3

  • JenniferAPage

    Jennifer from TheSadBasset said 42 days ago

    This is definitely one of those "spend $90 in supplies to make something you could by for $15" situations...

  • immarinasmom

    Rene' from HandStampedTrinkets said 41 days ago

    It is certainly not as easy as this article makes it out to be. There is a huge learning curve and why would someone want to spend hundreds of dollars to make a lone dog tag. Making Hand made/hand stamped jewelry is a huge investment. I love making one of a kinds for my customers, but don’t think it’s as simple as this article leads you to believe.

  • danneto

    Danny N. from ShirtCandy said 36 days ago

    I can do this for my dog! :)

  • iraromaniw

    Iryna from IRjewelryStudio said 10 days ago

    Just thought about something like that for my dog! Thanks for the article!

  • 4amr1jg2

    Ekaterina Kobyuk from DollyVelvet said 10 days ago

    Oh! The grate idea! I like to bye something for my dog. But such tag he doesn't have yet I also have some ideas of creations interesting earrings, brooches and necklaces for pet lovers. I create them with real photos of lovely pets and cover them several layers of resin.

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